Michelle Obama has weighed in on the furious fallout from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey, urging the Sussexes to ‘forgive’ the royal family and ‘resolve’ their differences.
The 57-year-old former First Lady, who formed a close friendship with Prince Harry during her husband Barack Obama‘s presidency as well as a relationship with Meghan in recent years, shared her thoughts on the ongoing rift between the Sussexes and Buckingham Palace during an interview with Access Hollywood.
Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, made several extraordinary and damaging allegations about the royal family during their primetime interview, including claims that an unnamed member of the monarchy had been worried about how dark their son Archie’s skin tone might be before he was born.
And while Michelle did not openly offer her support to one side or the other, she seemed to side with Meghan and Harry when she urged the couple to ‘forgive’ the royal family in the wake of the bombshell interview.
The deep rift between Harry and Meghan and the other royals has grown increasingly bitter in the days since the couple’s bombshell sit-down was aired, but Mrs. Obama encouraged the couple to put their differences aside in the name of family.
‘My hope is that, when I think about what they’re going through, I think about the importance of family and I just pray that there is forgiveness and there is clarity and love and resolve at some point in time,’ she said. ‘Because there’s nothing more important than family.
The Obamas first met Queen Elizabeth in 2009 during the former President’s first year in office. They were introduced to Prince William and Kate Middleton when they returned to Buckingham Palace in 2011, and they had one last visit across the pond in 2016.
Prince Harry has been friends with the Obamas for years, bonding over humanitarian and military issues, as well as his inspirational Invictus Games for injured military personnel and veterans. They even took part in a video skit with the Queen to publicize it.
Meghan is also close friends with Mrs. Obama and had secretly attended a talk the author gave in London in 2018.